The Covid Vaccine & Boosters Scheduling Only for Events Moderna (18+ years) Pfizer (12+ years) Get Vaccinated Why should I get it? There are numerous reasons to get the Covid-19, including the #1 reason, which is potentially to save your life. Current data shows that only 0.8% of the people that have died from COVID were vaccinated. Of the more than 18,000 people that have recently died from COVID, only 150 were fully vaccinated. 95% of doctors were vaccinated as soon as they had the opportunity. There are no microchips, implants, metal, or tracking devices in the vaccine–this is pure fiction. The vaccines soley contain genetic building blocks, called nucleotides, fat, salts and sugars. The “nanoparticles” you may have heard of are made of lipids (fats), not metal or other substances. It can save your life and the lives of those around you. How does it work? When DNA within the cell nucleus wants a specific protein to be made, it produces a small copy of a gene sequence called messenger ribonucleic acid, aka mRNA. This mRNA then informs another part of the cell what to make. The COVID vaccine works by inserting an engineered segment of mRNA that codes for the proteins that our immune system recognizes as part of the COVID virus. As the cells make these proteins, our immune system is trained to recognize and target the proteins related to the virus. 2-3 days later the mRNA is naturally disposed of by the body and the cell continues to make mRNA recipes guided from the nucleus. But what about the side effects? Most people experience side effects after receiving their COVID vaccine, but this is only due to the body building an immune response to the virus. During the 2-4 days that the vaccine is in the cells of your arm muscle, it trains the immune system to recognize and build antibodies to attack the protein that the virus produces, should it be encountered. The There have been several variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 such as the alpha, beta, gamma, and delta variants. Omicron is the latest, and new information is discovered by researchers daily. Viruses are always changing through mutation, and these changes result in different variants of the same disease. Some variants spread more easily or are resistant to vaccines. Fortunately, for the fully vaccinated, our current vaccines are effective against the variants of the virus that cause COVID -19. However, their efficacy may be decreased, meaning a fully vaccinated person could have a higher chance of getting the Delta variant of coronavirus. The good news is that vaccines still prevent severe illness and hospitalizations from COVID-19 according to the CDC websites, as both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech have said. (See their linked websites for additional information). The news is not so good for the unvaccinated. The unvaccinated are still at an increased risk of getting COVID-19 and the Delta variant. Face masks are important for minimizing the spread of the virus especially when indoors. Immunized people can still spread the virus if infected so even vaccinated persons should strongly consider wearing face coverings when indoors or in crowded places. For more information, please visit the CDC website here.